666 - Risk, Public Policy and Law (3 hours)
This seminar focuses on how concepts of risk serve to justify and shape public policies, legal rules, and risk management practices. It introduces some of the primary methods for analyzing potentially risky policies and managing risk. The course analyzes the differences between formal assessments of risk and the "perceived risks" and social, political and institutional responses that drive public policy. Students apply these concepts to specific cases in current public policies that involve the intersection of environmental, energy, natural disaster, and security concerns.